Medical Laboratory Technician - A.A.S. Degree (Career)
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) are clinical professionals who, under the supervision of other medical scientists such as medical technologists and pathologists, perform and interpret laboratory procedures vital to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. 75% of all disease diagnoses are made because of the work that is done by medical laboratorians. MLTs make critical contributions to health care, for example:
- Identify causative agents of diseases such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.
- Perform chemical analyses (such as glucose, cholesterol, and cardiac markers), including toxicology, urinalysis, and endocrinology to evaluate conditions such as diabetes, hepatitis, and renal disorders.
- Test cells, bone marrow, and other body fluids to aid in diagnosis of blood disorders such as leukemia, anemia, and clotting disorders.
- Perform blood bank procedures necessary for transfusions, transplants, prenatal testing, and paternity testing.
- Utilize POCT (Point of Care Testing) when bed-side testing is required.
- Study the relationship of antibodies and antigens in conditions such as AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
MLTs are responsible for preparing lab specimens, drawing blood samples, operating microscopes and automated instrumentation, evaluating data content from computer screens and reports, and interpreting differential test reactions. Laboratory professionals work in a wide variety of settings, from hospitals and doctors’ offices to research facilities and public health organizations. With a surplus of jobs available, a career in medical laboratory science provides competitive salaries, job security, and geographical flexibility.
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Curriculum ProfileMedical Laboratory Technician - A.A.S. Degree (Career)
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